Tag: law and prophets

Revealed through the Word!

Scripture reading for April 4th:  1st Samuel 3-5, Luke 24

Key Scriptures:  Luke 24:22-27  “Moreover, some women of our company amazed us.  They were at the tomb early in the morning, and when they did not find His body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive.  Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.”  And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?”  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”

Jesus revealed His identity to His followers through His Holy Word!  It was difficult to have faith with just sight, revelation through the Word brings faith and love!

1st Samuel 3:19,21  “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.  . .  And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the Word of the Lord.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for the faith and revelation that comes through Your holy Word.  Reveal Yourself to me today.  Amen.

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Hearts were warmed!

Scripture reading for October 29th: Luke 22-24

Luke told the story of the two disciples who were walking on the road to Emmaus on Sunday afternoon after the resurrection of Jesus Christ earlier that same day.  One was named Cleopas and the other disciple is not named.   These two disciples were walking along discussing the events of the Passover week that had just finished.  They were disciples of Jesus who were still reeling from their Master’s sudden crucifixion.  And now, that morning, the women came and told them that Jesus was risen!  (Luke 24:9-12)  Peter went and found only the grave clothes lying there by themselves.  All were perplexed and wondered what had happened.  As they were walking and talking, Jesus joined them on the road and walked with them.  They did not initially recognize Him, but He struck up a conversation.

They began to tell Him their experience of the past week as He asked them what had happened.  They told Him the whole story about the crucifixion of Jesus and the empty tomb.  Jesus then spoke clearly to them from the Law and the Prophets, showing them how the Messiah must suffer and die and enter His glory.  I imagine it was an interesting Bible Study on that road that day and the time passed quickly.  Suddenly, they were at their destination and they had hardly begun.  They invited Jesus to stay and eat with them.

As they sat at the table, Jesus took the bread, and gave thanks, and broke it to give to them.  As soon as He did this simple act of fellowship around the table, their eyes were opened and they beheld Him!  He then disappeared from their sight!  They recognized how their hearts had burned when Jesus had opened the Scriptures and talked with them.  (Luke 24:30-32)

This story is heart-warming for us even today!  What a gracious Savior we have who would care so dearly for His followers!  As we read the Scriptures, we now have the Holy Spirit living in us who will take these words and unveil them in our hearts!  (John 16:13-16)  He sets our hearts on fire for Him daily!  Each time we partake of the “Lord’s Supper”, we have Him revealed to us afresh and in a new way! (Luke 22:17-19)  We are so blessed to know Him and enjoy His heart-warming love!

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The Prosperity Gospel in Luke

Scripture reading for October 27th: Luke 16-18

“No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money.” “The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.” Luke 16:13-14

Jesus spoke very plainly:  “You cannot serve both God and Money.” In Christian circles today, there is a popular variation of the Gospel called the “prosperity” teaching.  This teaching takes all the verses about God’s blessings and twists them to say that God wants you to be rich and to use your riches as a testimony to the world of the blessings of God’s kingdom.  Now God’s word does proclaim blessing on God’s people for obedience and faith.  Those who walked in faith were often blessed and obtained great wealth in this world.  But God is more concerned about our hearts.  He said it is impossible to serve two masters.

The Pharisees of Jesus time had a teaching very similar to this prosperity message of today.  They taught that God’s blessing was on the rich and that if a person was poor, he was under a curse.  This had some scriptural truth to it from Deuteronomy 28 and other places in the Old Testament.  However, Jesus came to help them and us to see things in a different light.  He told a story about a rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus.  These two real people lived on earth and both died.  At death there was a great reversal.  The rich man ended up in the torment of Hell, the place of the departed wicked dead.  The poor beggar, Lazarus, ended up in Abraham’s bosom, a place of comfort and blessing. They could see each other but were separated by a great gulf.  (Luke 16:22-26)

This in itself struck at the hearts of those who loved “Money”!  Jesus went on to tell about the conversation in the underworld between this rich man and Father Abraham.  The rich man asked to have Lazarus come and bring a drop of water to comfort him in his torment.  This request was refused.  It was impossible!  This rich man then asked about sending Lazarus back to earth to warn his five brothers so that they would not end up in Hell.  This request was also denied.  The Law and Prophets provided all the warning that God was offering to them.

We have this Word from Jesus today to warn us as well!  He has risen from the dead and is speaking to us with an unchanging Word.  Pursue the kingdom of God and His righteousness, not money!  Beware of the spirit of the Pharisees, who loved money.  Beware of those who preach a false prosperity gospel!  Check out your own heart for Jesus Christ is Lord alone!

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